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Get Packing Family Game Review

Get Packing Game Pieces

It's already June, and I have only just logged on to blogger for the first time this year. It just goes to show how life can run away with you. I'm going to do a life update kind of post another time, but for now, wanted to use some free time (escaping the heat of the sun for a bit) to do something fun.

It's been interesting now we have a (growing up way too quick) child in the house which games we've bought, kept, revisited and still enjoy as a family, and Get Packing is definitely one of those. 

Get Packing Game Box

Its bright colourful box suggested this is every inch a kid's game, but don't be fooled, this really is one all the family can enjoy, and come back to long after you've first bought it. The premise seems simple, with each player having a small suitcase that needs packing for a trip to a certain destination, but it's not as simple as it looks.

Not only are there three different levels to play, with multiple destination cards in each, but you have to fit all kinds of shapes and sizes of items into your case each time. The easier levels have fewer items to fit in, but you could still be changing them around for a while to make them fit. The harder levels definitely take a bit of getting used to, and even when you've played the game a good few times can still cause frustration.

One of the best things about playing Get Packing is seeing people play it for the first time. Watching
Get Packing Game Cards

their faces as they start off supremely confident thinking it's an easy kid's game and then realising there's a bit more too it is brilliant fun. Pretty much everyone who has tried it has commented on what a clever game it is, and I would definitely agree.

We've not had Get Packing out as much recently, with newer games a distraction, but the competitiveness is still there, and the odd cheeky 'my suitcase is fully closed' moment! You can't get away with half measures in this game, all the items have to be securely in the case, and the case has to shut. 

At the time of writing a full-size, 4-player and travel-size versions of Get Packing are available. Search Get Packing Asmodee on Amazon for details or to purchase yourself. Highly recommended and a lot of good, old-fashioned family fun (and competition). 

Do you have any family game purchases to suggest? I'd love to know what your family play again and again, or even games that looked good on paper but really didn't deliver. Let's compare notes in the comments. 

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